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SOY WAX Candle Trouble Shooting

Always follow the Manufacturers recommended heating and pouring instructions .

 All soy waxes are not hydrogenated and formulated to the same specifications so they will vary.

NEVER OVERHEAT OUR SOY WAXES AS THIS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO ALL THE PROBLEMS LISTED BELOW

1)    Not a full melt pool or too deep of pool (ideal is 1/4 3/8 deep)

a)    Wick may be to small or to large.

b)    Be sure to have your test burn be of a long enough duration (larger diameter candles may take 4-5 hours). Don't blow out your candle until it has burned a melt pool all the way to the edge of the container. This can take 1 hour for each Inch across the widest section of the jar. Repeatedly blowing out your candle before the melt pool forms all the way across will cause tunneling.

c)     For the same sized container you may need a smaller or a larger wick depending on the fragrance oil (fragrance oils have different weights. Some are light, some are heavy) and the amount of dye used.

d)    Too much liquid dye added (maximum of 30 drops per pound) this can clog the wick

e)    Too much fragrance oil. Although The wax can hold 10% we recommended 7% (by weight) .

 

2)    Poor fragrance throw

 a)     Not enough fragrance oil or to much fragrance oil added to the wax (we recommended 7% by weight). Always use weight measurement on a scale and not volume, as in tablespoons, as fragrance oil weights by volume vary greatly.

b)    Fragrance oil added at too high of temperature. At really high mix temperatures over 160 degrees you can lose allot of your scent out into the air while waiting for the wax to cool before pouring. Try 130-150 degrees.

c)    Fragrance oil not fully mixed with the melted wax or settled. We find we get better hot throw when mixing at lower temperatures of 130-150 degrees, but you must gently stir longer to be sure the fragrance oil fully mixes with the soy oil, or melted wax. At first your fragrance oil goes in cloudy, but as it mixes the oil becomes clear again. You know your oil has settle to the bottom of the candle after pouring if you get pour hot throw when burning the top part of your candle, but then you get great hot throw when burning the lower part of the candle. So always burn your testers all the way down.

d)     Fragrance oil not formulated to be used in soy wax (soy burns cooler than paraffin so all oils that work in paraffin may not work well in soy wax).

 

3)    Fragrance oil leeching out of the wax

a)    Too much fragrance oil (we recommended 7% by weight)

b)    You can expirement with adding you oil at 175-180 degrees. This expands the wax molecules and allows a better bond between the fragrance and wax molecules but you may see a decrease in hot throw.

 

4)    Poor glass adhesion (wet spots)

a)    Wax poured at too high of temperature (when wax cools it shrinks and the hotter it is poured the more it shrinks)

b)    The area you are pouring in is too cool. (soy wax seems to pour best when the ambient temperature is between 67 75 degrees F.)

c)     The inside of the glass container isnt clean.

d)    We do not recommend preheating your containers before pouring

 

5)    Frosting (colored candles turning white)

a)    Pouring at too high of a temperature (always pour soy wax at the coolest possible temperature)

b)    100% Soy wax has a tendency to frost more than soy blends (our Millennium Soy has other natural (no paraffin) additives blended with the Soy to lessen this issue)

 

6)    Rough tops after pouring

a)    Pouring at too high of a temperature (always pour soy wax at the coolest possible temperature)

b)    100% Soy wax has a tendency to have rougher tops than soy blends (our Millennium Soy has other natural additives blended with the Soy to lessen this issue)

 

7)    Rough tops after burning and resolidifying

a)    This is natural for Soy Wax candles and when relit it will return to a nice liquid melt pool.

 

8)    Wick mushrooming or smoking

a)    Mushrooming seems to occur with most natural wicks (we dont worry about this, just remind your customers to trim to .25 (1/4") before relighting)

b)    Excessive smoke can be caused by too large of a wick or the candle is sitting in a drafty area (drafts supply more oxygen than the wick can burn causing incomplete combustion)

c)     To much fragrance oil

 

9)    Miscellaneous

a)    Can Soy Wax be heated in a microwave oven?

Yes, but we dont recommend it as it is difficult to control the temperature.

b)    Does Soy Wax work for novelty candles?

No as it is too soft.

c)     Does Soy Wax work for pillars or tapers?

Pillars No, it is too soft. Some Chandlers have had success adding palm wax to harden votive wax for short wide pillars but proper wicking is critical.

d)    What causes votives and candles to crack?

     Cooling to fast. Try warming the room you work in, make sure your jars are at room temperature and put some cardboard or newspaper to insulate the molds and containers from tile or granite countertops that can cause uneven cooling.

e)    Can you make floaters and tarts with Soy Wax.

     Yes, we recommend using Votive wax as this will release easier from your molds.

Item Description Detail
SOY CANDLE WAX By the POUND

Candle Soylutions Soy Candle Wax
"By the POUND"


Choose Which Wax:
We sell by the pound primarily for you to use as a sample or for small batches. Wax purchased this way will always be more expensive than purchasing by the 50 pound case because of us having to weigh and bag each order.

The 100% Soy Container Wax now comes in a Fine Flake/
Bead which wont work for Scented Soy Drop/Bead Making


SCENTED SOY DROP MAKERS - you'll need to select the Millennium Soy Container Wax which still comes in the tiny pastilles you need!

Millennium Soy Wax
Our Premium Soy Container Wax $2.60/lb
Comes in tiny soy pastille beads

100% Soy Container Wax
Just 100% Soy $2.50/lb
Comes in a mix of tiny pastilles and fine flake

P-100 Votive/Tart/Pillar Blend
For Votives, Tarts and Pillars $3.00/lb
Comes in tiny round beads (not shown)

Select the Wax Type by using the drop-down menu on the right
For more information about each wax visit the Soy Wax main page.
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100% SOY CONTAINER Wax - 50 lb CASE

100% Midwest Soy Container Wax
From America's Heartland
50 lb Case


Nothing added, just 100% Soy Wax from America's Heartland in a FINE FLAKE almost like a mix of Quik Oats and beads, but of course softer. Clean burning, good jar adhesion, good hot & cold throw.

Same Formula!
Same Performance!
Same Results in Candles & Tarts!


The 100% Soy Container Wax now comes in a Fine Flake/
Bead which wont work for Scented Soy Drop/Bead Making


SCENTED SOY DROP MAKERS - you'll need to select the Millennium Soy Container Wax which still comes in the tiny pastilles you need!

For the Best Results- We found you should melt to 150 F. Add dye. Let cool slowly to 125. Fold in fragrance (stirring too briskly adds oxygen, which is a no-no). stir gently, and occasionally, until you begin to see a skin forming around the surface. Pour slowly into jars. Your temp should be no more than 105 degrees when you pour. Also, the cooler you pour the smoother the tops and the best adhesion to jars. Test to see what temp. works best for you.  For more details see our Instructions page. You can add Soy Modifier for a totally natural additive that will increase this wax's harness, lessen frosting and give smoother tops
Melt point = 127 degrees F
Flashpoint = 500 degrees F
Skin Safe & Kosher

50 lb Cases
1-9 = $86.00 ea
10-19 = $83 ea
20-39 = $80 ea
40+ = $78 ea

We're working to keep your shipping costs down by drop shipping the wax when it saves you money. Sorry, the Pastille Bead Wax is no longer available for Drop Shipping. See WAX SHIPPING at the top of the wax main page or CLICK HERE to jump to it. Please CONTACT US with any questions.
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MILLENNIUM Soy Wax - 50 lb CASE

Millennium Blend Premium
Soy Container Wax
50 lb CASE


A blend of soy and botanical oils, no paraffin or petroleum, for container candles. Comes in tiny Pastille beads. Blended to lessen the frosting of colored candles. Excellent color retention, hot and cold throw, pours with smoother tops and is long/clean burning.  No additives required.

Our Millennium Soy Wax is made using the same formula and ingredients as the wax formerly known as (EL) or Enchanted Lites Millennium wax. The wax is formulated and performs exactly the same in candles and tarts as it did before!

Same Formula!
Same Performance!
Same Results in Candles & Tarts!
Comes in small Pastille Drops/Beads

Scented Soy Drop Makers- Millennium Wax is your only option for a pastille wax to make the Scented Soy Drops

For the Best Results- you should melt to 160 F. Add dye. Let cool slowly to 130. Fold in fragrance (stirring too briskly adds oxygen, which is a no-no). stir gently, and occasionally, until you begin to see a skin forming around the surface. Pour slowly into jars. Your temp should be no more than 115 degrees when you pour. Also, the cooler you pour the smoother the tops and the best adhesion to jars. Test to see what temp. works best for you.  For more details see our Instructions page.
Container Blend Soy Wax
Melt point = 125 degrees F
Flashpoint = 500 degrees F
Skin Safe & Kosher

50 lb Cases
1-9 = $90.00 ea
10-19 = $87 ea
20-39 = $84 ea
40+ = $82 ea

We're working to keep your shipping costs down by drop shipping the wax when it saves you money. Only the smaller Pastille Bead Wax is available for Drop Shipping. See WAX SHIPPING at the top of the wax main page or CLICK HERE to jump to it. Please CONTACT US with any questions.
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